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16 Vintage photos show the everyday life in Italy in the 1970s known as the Years of Lead

Ian Smith
The Piazza San Marco, Venice, August 1973
The Piazza San Marco, Venice, August 1973

Italy faced political instability in the 1970s, which ended in the 1980s. Known as the Years of Lead, this period was characterized by widespread social conflicts and terrorist acts carried out by extra-parliamentary movements. The assassination of the leader of the Christian Democracy (DC), Aldo Moro, led to the end of a “historic compromise” between the DC and the Communist Party (PCI). In the 1980s, for the first time, two governments were managed by a republican (Giovanni Spadolini 1981–82) and a socialist (Bettino Craxi 1983–87) rather than by a Christian-democrat.

In addition to this historical flashback of Italy in the 1970s, we found an interesting collection of photos that depict the beautiful boot-shaped country in this period, which you can check out below.

At the Trevi Fountain, Rome

At the Trevi Fountain, Rome

Building in Florence

Building in Florence

Coliseum, Rome, 1973

Coliseum, Rome, 1973

Feeding pigeons in Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1973

Feeding pigeons in Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1973

Florence in 1973

Florence in 1973

Florence looking over the Arno River

Florence looking over the Arno River

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

On the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, 1973

On the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 1973

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